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Songbird is a discontinued complete desktop media player or "jukebox" with a uniquely open approach to Internet digital media network services. Songbird views web pages as dynamic playlists to play, save, download or subscribe to.

Songbird plays your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player. 

Like Firefox, Songbird's features may be improved with user installed and contributed cross-platform extensions. These include Qloud Tagging & Search, eMusic Integration, iTunes Importer, iPod Device, Artist Tracker, Library File Organizer, Audioscrobbler Notifier, Wikipedia Artist Display, SHOUTcast Radio Directory, UnPlug, Adblock Plus, Taglib metadata handler and Minimize-to-Systemtray.

Previous software written by the developers of Songbird include Winamp and the Yahoo! Music Engine.

 Songbird 1.2.0

Free to download



Pioneers of the Inevitable


System Requirements
Linux kernel - 2.2.14 or later with the following libraries or packages:
          o glibc 2.3.2 or later
          o XFree86-3.3.6 or later
          o gtk+2.0 or later
          o fontconfig (also known as xft)
          o libstdc++6

Songbird has been tested on Fedora Core 5 and Ubuntu Dapper 6.06.

Minimum Hardware:

500 MHz Intel Pentium III or AMD K6-III+ CPU 
At least 5124 MB of RAM 
At least 200 MB of available space on your hard drive
16 bit sound card (Recommended: 32 bit sound card)
Speakers or headphones


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Features include:

  • Built-in SHOUTcast directory browser
  • Plays multiple audio formats, such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and Windows Media Audio
  • Plays Apple FairPlay encoded audio on Windows and Mac platforms via hooks into Quicktime (Authorization takes place in iTunes)
  • A skinnable interface, via feathers
  • Media files stored on pages viewed in the browser show up as playable files in Songbird
  • Built in RSS subscription and MP3 file download
  • Subscribe to mp3 blogs as playlists
  • User created bookmarks
  • Build custom mixes
  • Scan the user's computer for all audio files and add them to a local library
  • An easily configurable and collapsible graphical user interface similar to iTunes, and miniplayer mode
  • Keyboard shortcuts & media keyboard support
  • Automatic updates
  • eMusic integration using the eMusic Integration plugin
  • and HypeMachine integration
  • Multi-Language support

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